WoW?

Jul. 28th, 2009 01:11 pm
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Should I get World of Warcraft? Is it fun?

I picked up a DVI-D cable for my monitor yesterday, and was pleased to see that it made a visible improvement in the look of Diablo II: LOD.

Date: 2009-07-28 05:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] yud.livejournal.com
Warcraft can be a fun game, especially if you have friends to play it with. It has a fairly good questing system to keep the levelling process from getting too grindy, there are a number of 5-player dungeons to run, and they release higher and higher tiers of 10/25-player dungeons for raiding.

Outside of raiding there are a variety of repeatable quests you can do every day to earn money and other rewards, and there's a decent (but not spectacular) crafting system that encourages every player to pick up two professions.

There are a mix of PvE and PvP servers, and even on PvE servers there are plenty of PvP opportunities. There are various sizes of battlegrounds, plus a whole arena system for 2, 3, or 5 player groups.

If you like RP, there are a couple servers where it's common, though I don't personally have any real experience with them.

If you want to try it out, you should get one of your friends who plays the game to send you an invite code for a trial account. Doing it that way gives you a 300% bonus to all experience you gain while levelling with the friend who recruited you, plus your friend gets a zebra unicorn mount.

The down sides is that the game really is focused on max-level raiding and pvp, and so it can be hard to find groups for everything else. There are also basically zero character customization options besides a couple different hair cuts and skin colors per race. At max level everyone ends up looking the same. For PvE, it also has clearly defined tank, healer, and damage-dealer roles, which can be a bit rigid and boring.

Date: 2009-07-28 07:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] graceysbane.livejournal.com
I play WoW and enjoy it (with the exception of a rude person in the guild I am in). My boyfriend plays it too.

One thing to keep in mind is what side you want to start out with...Horde or Alliance. I've played both and they each offer unique playing styles.

If you get it and decide you want Horde, come visit me on Trollbane. I am usually playing Dienvey, a Blood Elf Mage.

Date: 2009-07-28 09:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] 31-3-17-71.livejournal.com
It entirely depends on how fast you get tired of games. If you can play through Diablo 2 a bunch of times, and not become focused on getting items, then you can probably play a MMO as well.

For me, after a while of playing Age of Conan (an "adult" [gore, sexuality, etc] MMO) the charm and immersion fell away and I was left with game mechanic talk: character builds, item sets, crafting and harvesting. Even the "heavy" RP guild I was in turned into an item scrounging guild.

A "trial run" of 1-3 months usually doesn't do it. To get a real feel of a game, play for 6 months.
...
And yes, that is too much time to dedicate to something that costs $15/month. Your money could be spent elsewhere.

P.S.
Don't be a closeted gamer. Go find a group in the real world to role play with.

Date: 2009-07-28 10:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] audacian.livejournal.com
I loooved it. I kind of want to get it again to play during August.

Date: 2009-07-30 07:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tzunder.livejournal.com
Buy Guild Wars, it's very much related to Diablo in game style and it's a single one off payment for life. It is as good as WOW, although geeks and nerds will argue for ever the relative differences.

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